Kindl, Patrice. Lost in the labyrinth.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Book Review

Houghton Mifflin, 194p. bibliog, c2002. 0-618-16684-X. $16.00. JS *

Kindl, author of the YA novels Goose Chase, The Woman in the Wall, and Owl in Love, retells the ancient story of the maze and the Minotaur in this compelling tale. As she states in an Author's Note at the end, "This book is an attempt to reconcile the archeological findings with that myth," so the story differs in some ways from the traditional tale. For one, she has a queen rather than a king as the powerful ruler of Crete. Our heroine is the queen's gentle 14-year-old daughter, Xenodice, who loves animals, the handsome Icarus, and also her strange younger brother, who is hall-man, half-bull, kept hidden in the depths of the Labyrinth under the palace. This brother is known as the Minotaur to the Athenians, who send seven sons and seven...

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